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May 7, 2012 7:46 PM Subscribe
How much should I charge someone who wants me to do a special errand while travelling abroad?
posted by ditto75 to work & money (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This guy runs a small but international business, with clients all over the world, buying and selling machinery. I'll be travelling to a country he does business in soon, and the dates I'll be there coincide with dates when a trade show will take place. He wants to send somebody to the show to pick up catalogs / materials and ship them back. I mentioned to him that if we can work out the details, maybe I can go to the show for him.
How much should I charge him for this? Factors to consider:
1. The show is taking place in a city with which I am not terribly familiar, so I'll need to do some research beforehand to know where to go, what to do, etc;
2. I'm taking precious time out of my own personal trip, and going out of my way (going to a city not originally in my itinerary) to do this;
3. He's saving money by not having to buy any plane tickets, since I'm already heading in that direction and offered to go for him.
I already told him that he'd need to pay for lodging, meals and transportation to get this city into my already-planned itinerary, but I'm wondering how much I should charge for the actual work. As there won't be any set hours for this, I'm thinking I should charge him some sort of daily rate.
Has anyone ever done any sort of international special, one-time errand like this before? Any idea what to ask for payment?
(In case it matters, the country is China and the city is Shanghai.)